It was a night filled with celebration when the Centre for Public Service Innovation (CPSI) held its 9th annual Public Sector Innovation Awards at Emperors Palace last Friday.
The categories presented at the awards included Innovative Partnership in Service Delivery, Innovative use of ICTs for Effective Service Delivery, Innovative Service Delivery Institutions and Innovative Enhancements of Internal Systems of Government. Category winners competed for the coveted Public Sector Innovator of the Year Award which went Rural Sustainable Villages Project from Chris Hani District Municipality in the Eastern Cape.
The CPSI Annual awards promotes and encourage best practice in public sector innovation and celebrate the successes of individuals and teams at all spheres of government.
The awards have become an important conduit for entry into prestigious international awards programmes such as the UN Awards, CAPAM International Innovation Awards, the All Africa Public Sector Innovation Awards (AAPSIA) and the African Association for Public Administration Management (AAPAM) Awards.
On the guest list at the awards were Honorable Minister for Public Service and Administration Mr Roy Padayachie, the Deputy Minister for Public Service and Administration Ms Ayanda Dlodlo, the Director-General of DPSA Mr Mashwahle Diphofa, the CEO of GEMS Mr Eugene Watson, Senior Executives and Sponsors including Delloite and Touche and Bytes Technology.
Ministe Padayachie said a government component within the Public and Administration portfolio, is tasked with the immense responsibility of unlocking innovation and applying it to improve public service, or service deliver.
He said the 2011 Annual CPSI Public Sector Innovation Awards, can be interpreted as the epitome of service delivery. This is because innovative individuals or groups serve the communities that lack the resources to improve their own lives.
The CEO of the CPSI Ms Thulisile Radebe acknowledged and thanked the attendance of everyone who was present.